Every new firmware update brings in new features and improves the performance of the device (though it does annoyingly remove some old features also). Latest firmware also gets rid of most bugs, support and dependency issues for the latest games. This note is to recommend and encourage readers having PS3 to update their consoles with latest version (read docs in case you are concerned about an existing feature getting disabled).
Saturday, April 10, 12:28 AM
PS3 comes with Wireless card and can easily be configured to connect with the home broadband router. My base version 2.5 could not recognize my home network and the Wireless settings were also not configurable.
Updated firmware version from 2.5. to 2.6. I did this by using a game CD that required minimum 2.6 (Bionic Commando to be precise). This can also be done by downloading the firmware and placing it in a memory stick (refer http://uk.playstation.com/ps3/support/network/detail/item48612/PlayStation-3-System-Software-updates/ for details).
Sun 12 Sep 2010 01:49:31 AM GST
Version 3.42 released on 07-Sep-10. Updated the firmware to the latest release. This is just a simple auto-install process and can also be triggered from menu Settings -> System Update.
Following features are available and in use on my PS3.
- Photo Gallery
- Video Gallery
- Music Gallery
- Media Server access (can access my WD media disk using wireless router).
- Video Editor and Uploader
- Playstation Store online
- Internet Browser and Search
- "Life with Playstation" (provided dynamic web-based contents pertaining to time and location).
- Gaming community message and chat access.
- Facebook connect (this came through recently).